Canada's Drug Futures Forum
Recent decisions by the Canadian government concerning harm reduction, opioids, cannabis, and sentencing are signalling a new approach to managing illicit drug use in Canada.
Meanwhile, a new US administration promises to strengthen an already punitive narcotics regime with consequences for control efforts abroad as well as for cannabis policies in many US states.
This fast-changing landscape makes now the right time to bring together leading voices from across the country to look across the next decade and help identify new opportunities and directions for drug policies in Canada.
On April 4 - 5, 2017, more than 120 researchers, policy-makers, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, drug users and community organizers will meet in Ottawa to examine the future of Canada’s domestic and international drug policies.
This forum is organized by several Trudeau scholars: Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb. It is sponsored by the Foundation, as part of its targeted areas of inquiry.
Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.
Ayden is researching how marginalization impacts transgender people’s health in order to find strategies for intervention at the social and policy levels.
Ms. Stoicescu is investigating the trigger elements of sexual and injection-related HIV risk behaviours among women who use drugs and marginalized women in Indonesia.
Meaghan Thumath (social policy and intervention, University of Oxford) is a public health and outreach nurse seeking to understand the effects of child removal on marginalized women in Canada.
Daniel is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy.